The Pittsburgh Courier from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 24, 1962 · Page 43
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The Pittsburgh Courier from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · Page 43

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Saturday, February 24, 1962
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rTY Scribes Now Rate Clemente as Best' l - 'JT - fJL By RIC ROBERTS The editors of All - Stars Baseball, at 575 Lexington Ave., in New York bave decided to rush in, where angels fear to tread, and describe the Buc - cos' Roberto Clemente. Their words are music to the ears especially in Pittsburgh where the fans, but not the writers, rave aoout ms'ir - ... Roberto and here they are: "Because or Clemente's steady improvement, he is being - chosen over the veteran star, Hank Aaron, as the top right fielder in the National League." The New York people let words pour from the mouth on Manager Danny Mur - taugh that are uever printed in Pittsburgh. Listen: "The Pirate manager Danny Murtaugh calls Clemente an amazing player. '"Just name rne one thing Roberto can't do.' challenges Danny. "There's nobody better." FKKI) HANKY, who managed Clemente in the star's rookie year, back in 1055, is eloquent on the subject : "Clemente can hit, field, run and throw. You may find many three - count players, but few with four plus marks." Commenting on Roberto, whose ap - jearance at bat. in Pittsburgh, brings forth ' e sound of thousands of voices, yelling "Arriba! Arriba" the All - Stars editors pick up a key which should start the music humming, at Forbes Field, next April. , "The managers rould have, added a fifth Clemente plus: excitement.. Roberto " is an exciting, thirling ballplayer, one who capture the fans' fancy everywhere he plays." - Here is an example of Roberto's tactics, on defense: During a tight, 2 - 2 game atrainst the Cardinals, at Forbes Field, one night last August, the St. Louis team was having a tough time trying to solve Bob Friend. I'ltltll!! BOB CLKMKNTK . . . five - plus are INNING AFTER inning, they were being mowed down. Curt Flood, lick centcrf ielder of the visitors had declared, as he strode to the plate, "we need a hit, an extra base hit . . . to get moving." Half a minute later he lashed a hooking "double" down the right - field foul line, and with his great spetd, round second In a wildrrambto While the ball "banked" off the wall, Clemente waited in the perfect rebounding spot; gloyed the ball, turned and cut loose a clothes - line heave (no higher than three feet, all the way), to the Southwest comer of second base! The ball was in Bill Mazerowski's glove . . . and Curt was out. In a moment of disdain and disappointment, Flood declared: "That was a double anywhere in this league, except against him (Roberto I." Clemente, a righthanded batter, won the game with a long homer, into the right field stands. IT IS. fact that 15 of Clemente's 24 home runs, last season, went into the league's right field stands. "They pitch me outside, so I swing where the pitch is," says Clemente. Not even Willie Mays has a stronger arm and, last year, no man in the gardens rut down as many runners as Clemente. Clemente's model was Monte Irvin. "1 think he had best eye, best stance and sharest cut of any of the big leaguers who play winter ball in Puerto Rico. He lso field real good and throw like a bullet." A few days ago, after signing a contract that calls for remuneration ranging from $53,000 to $55,000, for the 1962 season, Roberto tok a Pan - American clipper back to home, in Carolina, Puerto Rico, where he was born, 26 years ago. With Aaron's switch to centerfield, Roberto has no rivals for the right field pasture, in his league. He is the first great tan right gardener and, in time, may convince even the Pittsburgh writers . . . that he is the first superstar "the Pirates have had since theVaner brothers quick Forbes Field, twenty years ago. . ONE TIIIN(J is certain, Roger Maris will not repeat as the rightfield choice of the Baseball Writers Association, next September, unless he hits at least 60 homers again. Clemente can beat him doing everything else ... by the widest of margins. Next to Aaron, who batted .3.V, in 1!MM), Clemente's leading mark of .3.)!, for 1061, is the highest batting average achieved in the majors, by a non - white player. ' - ..' His hummirg throws from deep rightfield, to the plate and all the bases, amount to baseball classics; and he has caught runners in abundance, at every bug. f AMU Soph Flies fo 9.2 Hayes Has Wings in 100 MIAMI. Fla. RiiIm'i t I Lives, a Florida AM linvensily sopho - rnoie. tied tlie established world's l - nnrrt for the - HWlyard dash as he was clocked by four timers at 1.2 and lh - fifiirat 9 1 - . during the Florida Gold ('nasi. AAF meet! heic Saturday at the l'niversil of Miami. - Hayes ran a9.3 loo - yard dash last May dm in;; the National As - sm i ilioii of Intel collcaiato Alh Ictus track and field champion - snip meet in South Dakota. Frank Budd of Villanova ejsed the !.3 with a 92 last June." a 'IHK KAMI' I'linclads. undefeated last ' spring and holders of the SI AC track ami held Cham - t.:n. - hii since l!."n. won six of s ". en running events in Ihe meet. ciack JIQ - yard relay team, wliieh Haves anchors, was the onl wit ry. in that division and .did' not riin. The quarter - mile re - k:v le.un held the besi mark for tii ' 110 last ear with a 40.1 run. f Lives came in ahead - of the fi Id in the 220 yard - dash with a 2 1.7 iimim:. Florida A&M look first place in the quarter - mile run with Paul Dcnson coming at 49.2. Charles" Holmes took the WO - Vftd run in 1:59.4. Joe Williams was the ictoi Jor FA Ml ' in the two - mile run with a timing of 4:40.3. The mile rclav learn raced in a slow 3.29.9 finish. " FAMU track coach Pete Grif lin said after the meet thai li? face of his track star and the felt thai the time wnudd stand in fell thai the lime would stand in view of the six - mile wind in Ihe alxuit the liming. Barnett Hits Stride After Latest By GKOKGK 4. DINMOKK m.irvn.Als:r Ohio At last it appears as tf the Cleveland Pi pcrs. of the American Basketball League, have louna a solid siai in Dick tSkulli Barnett. former Tennessee State " All - Amcrican and Syracuse Nats' star. Off to a slow start, following the protracted court battle between the Pipers and the Nats for his services. Dick had the fans wondering if he was worth the trouble as he struggled through his first few starts. As a forward, in the type ball as played in the ABL. Barnett was unable to play his style of ball. Shortly before Johnny Mr London resigned as the Pipers' coach. Barnett was tested in practices at guard, to see if this would suit his play better.' The experiment proved so sue cessful that the Pipers - vere able to trade off both P.oger Taylor, their top guard for the past two season, and Hal Lear, the for mer Temple star whom they had obtained from the defunct Los Ar.gc - lcs Jets. Since then, under the new Piper roach. Bill Sharman. the team has put on a dazzling display of "come back." From a last place. 2 - 7 record, they have crashed into the first place slot with a 9 10 card. One of the big criticisms of the Piers. in the past, has been thai the team was composed of players who were all alike, but Dirk Barnett is emerging as an individual; the club hero, the clutch man. After finding himself. Dick has tx - come not only the team's top scorer, but also an Important re bounder. The crowd also goes for his superb ball - handling' and dribbling which so befuddles and exasierates the defense thai "Skull" gels many trips to the foul line. "Skull." who along with Piper vice president Johnny McLendon. Brown Faces Tough Ortiz LAS VEGAS Although OP Bones, better known as Joe Brown, lightweight boxing champion of the world, will be the favorite here, Saturday, Feb. 24, in his titular tiff with Carlos Ortiz, the Puerto Rican is given a good chance to spoil the Houston dandy's record - making eleventh de - ffnsu - " r Ortiz is one of the supreme fighters of all - time, and his rec ord of 34 victories in 38 fights. promises trouble for the champion. As the day of the battle draws nearer, the backers of Or tiz are talking louder. When the danger Is mentioned to Brown, by his handler, he merely Willie. He known that he haa one of the best left bandit the division has ever produced; the same hand that gave Britain's southpaw Dave 1'hsrnley a nest, left - handed boxing leswon, almost a year ago. ' Some Ortiz supporters have felt, all along that Brown actually wanted no part of an Ortiz battle; that he has been brought into line only after all the rating agencies., both in this and the other hemisphere, had decreed that Ortiz was the top challenger. Fighting out of New York City, the Islander has made a long and intensive study of Brown's style. His camp knows how difficult it is to get a clean shot a I Ol' Bones; and Guard John Barnhill. pared Tennessee Stale to national prominence as a court power, has really been the scoring threat as Ihe Cleveland club won six of seven starts averaging over 30 personal points per contest. how quickly Brown can land the crusher. In a serious exchange, and how uncanny boxing ability permits him lo pick up the marbles. Ortiz knows that only tremendous ability, on his part, can offset these advantages here, on Saturday nighl. aw far Vm Mmci m Tht Cwo Sweetwater With Majors PITTSBl'RGH - II was inad vet - tent ly reported, in these page last week that Sweetwater - Clifton, famed veteran basketball player of the Chicago Majors American Basketball League, was no longer a member of that team. It was an erroneous report Clifton is still an important pari of Ihe woiks for the majors. tm Vimt Htaif Tfe Cwwlw Mets Reject Bid NEW YORK One of the quickest descents, from the top of base - ball. in 1956 to oblivion in 1962. seems complete, last week, w.hen Ihe New York Mets refused lo give Don Ncwj - omhc a chanc - e lo become a member of Ihe pitching staff. Don had already announced retirement from Ihe game.

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